Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
TopicsGCC, US Foreign Policy, US policy in the Middle East , US-Gulf relations
RegionsGulf, Middle East
LanguagesFrench, Portuguese, Spanish
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February 18, 2014When Secretary Kerry met with leaders in Abu Dhabi the evening of February 17, he surely briefed them on the latest US thinking on Syria and Iran. It is also likely that his counterparts from the United Arab Emirates (UAE)…
February 16, 2014Voice of America quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron on the nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 countries and Iran:
February 11, 2014Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Amb. Richard LeBaron joins FOX News' Special Report with Brett Baier to discuss growing tension between the United States and Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process:
January 28, 2014Hariri Center Senior Fellows Richard LeBaron and Frederic Hof joined the Middle East Policy Council’s 75th Capitol Hill Conference to discuss Iran’s nuclear program and its policies in the region, the concerns of Gulf states and Israel, and how an…
January 06, 2014Writing for MENASource, Richard LeBaron, a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, highlights the opportunities available to the Gulf countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, to redefine their role in…
Richard LeBaron is a resident senior fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East with a special focus on the Gulf region.
Ambassador LeBaron is a career diplomat with over thirty years experience abroad and in Washington. His most recent overseas posting was as deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in London from August 2007 to August 2010. Ambassador LeBaron served as chargé d'affaires in London from February to August 2009. Previous to his assignment to London, Ambassador LeBaron served as the US ambassador to Kuwait (2004 to 2007). From September 2001 to July 2004, Ambassador LeBaron served as deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel. Ambassador LeBaron was minister-counselor for political and economic affairs at the Embassy of the United States in Cairo, Egypt from 1998 to 2001. While posted in Washington from 1991 to 1998, he served in three positions related to the Middle East: director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council, director of the Peace Process and Regional Affairs Office in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, and public affairs adviser for the Near Eastern Bureau. From 1991 to 1993, Ambassador LeBaron was political officer in the State Department's Office of European Community Affairs. Ambassador LeBaron's earlier overseas diplomatic postings included: Lisbon (1989-91), Tunis (1986-89), New Delhi (1982-84) and Managua (1980-82). Before he entered the Foreign Service, the Ambassador held a two-year consultancy in Brazil working on science policy issues. Ambassador LeBaron studied at the University of Colorado (BA) and The George Washington University (MA).